Watson H. Vanderploeg is a native of this county and one of the most prominent younger business men in Pella.
He is cashier of the Farmers & Merchants Bank and is also an attorney. He was born on the 24th of December,
1888, a son of R. and Pietje (Terpetra) Vanderploèg, natives of Holland and New York, respectively. The
paternal grandfather was Dirk Vanderploeg, who brought his family to the United States, arriving at Pella, Iowa,
on the 4th of July, 1857. He was a farmer by occupation and located upon land in Lake Prairie township but later
removed to Summit township. His son, the father of the subject of this review, is president of the Farmers &
Merchants Bank, which was organized in 1905, and is an important figure in the financial life of the city. His
wife is a daughter of Watson Terpetra, a native of Holland, who in early manhood went to New York. Subsequently
he came west with his family and arrived at Pella about 1857. He was a farmer by occupation. To Mr. and Mrs. R.
Vanderploeg have been born eight children : Mary C., the wife of Arie Vander Waal, a resident of Des Moines, Iowa;
Delia, who became the wife of Simon De Haan; Anna, at home; Charles, a farmer living near Monroe, Iowa; Linnie,
the wife of James Cochran; a resident of Monroe; Margaret, at home; W. G., living in Knoxville; and Watson H.,
of this review.
The last named completed the course in the public schools of Pella and then entered the Central University of Iowa,
located there, and was graduated from that institution. He subsequently read law with a brother and in 1912 was
admitted to the bar and has since practiced his profession here. However, part of his time has been taken up by
other duties, as he is cashier of the Farmers & Merchants Bank of this place. He has already accomplished
much and his keen intellect and splendid training presage yet greater achievement.
Mr. Vanderploeg is a member of the Baptist church and is an active worker in those movements which seek the betterment
of his community. Politically he is a republican and fraternally he belongs to Pella Lodge, No. 55, F. & A.
M.; and to the Knights of Pythias. Among his marked characteristics are initiative, sound judgment and energy that
constantly impels to action and achievement, and these traits, together with a high sense of right and justice,
have gained him the respect which is accorded him in business circles of Pella. His personal friends are many and
hold him in the warmest regard.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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